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18 June

Turtle Rescue!



My day at Perdido Key was just about perfect. I'd found two new snowy plover nests, a field of wildflowers and finally got the south shore high tide line GPSd. The only thing that could have made it better was a Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempi) nest.



We didn't have a nest, but these two gentlemen, Captain Dave Mucci and Jeremy Brown from Blue Water Adventures found this Kemp's ridley floating near Pensacola Pass. Jeremy jumped in to rescue the turtle, who was tangled in fishing line and had a new boat strike.



Left in the wild, this turtle may not have survived. The cuts from the entanglement were pretty deep, and the propeller wounds will need some attention to prevent infection, but the turtle should do well. She's at Gulf World now in Panama City. In a few months, we hope to see her or him, back in the sea. S/he almost looks like s/he's crying here, but it's really just a means of excreting excess salt. Crying sounds more poetic!



Kemp's ridleys are one of the most critically endangered species in our oceans. They are recovering, thanks to years of effort from a variety of groups, including Texas A&M, Padre Islands National Seashore and Sea Turtles, Inc. just to name a few. Twenty years ago, there were an estimated 700 adult females, the current estimate is closer to 3,000. It's still no where near the historic populations that used to nest in giant arribadas in Rancho Neuvo, but it's an improvement... Every little bit helps!



An action such as today's rescue may seem small, but it's incredibly important for the survival of these critically endangered animals. Thank you, Dave and Jeremy!!!

15 July

Sea Turtle Swims to Freedom



The day started out very well today... Monica and I drove to the Gulfarium in Destin to pick up YYN 568, aka "Loco." It was time to release s/him to the wild after about three weeks of care and training.

The day started out very well today... Monica and I drove to the Gulfarium in Destin to pick up YYN 568, aka "Loco." It was time to release s/him to the wild after about three weeks of care and training.

 

Amanda and the folks in Destin taught our little TED research escapee how to feed well enough to survive in the wild. Captain Dave and Jeremy Brown took us to sea aboard the Y Knot. These two gentlemen from Blue Water Adventures rescued an entangled Kemp's ridley a few weeks ago.



You can see they have an affinity for this little loggerhead, even though Loco is trying to swim through the air.

 

S/he acted the same way with Monica. Clearly, this turtle was ready to return to the Gulf of Mexico. Hope we'll see him or her represented in the nesting population in about 20 more years!



Amanda took many of the photos with my camera today while I returned Loco the the sea.

 

Amanda took many of the photos with my camera today while I returned Loco the the sea.



It was so hard to see Loco leave, but s/he was quite at home, dashing instantly for the sea floor. I should have some good pictures from Jeremy (who's in the water) in a day or so... Thanks, Mark, for letting us take the day to return this animal to it's natural home!

 

 

Blue Water Adventures

of Pensacola, Florida

 

South Wind Marina, 10121 Sinton Dr., Pensacola, FL

 

 

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